Last Saturday, a few running friends and I ran 20 miles of the NYC marathon course. I got so excited when I noticed that they put up the route flags along the course in Brooklyn & Queens. Even though I’m not running NYC (my friends are but I’m running Philly marathon on Nov 17), I still feel the thrilling energy whenever marathon day approaches in the city. I’ve run this course multiple times this training season and every time it makes for a great morning. Plus the Queensboro bridge hill no longer bothers me!
As everyone is approaching their race day we didn’t stay together past mile 10 – we all fell into our own definition of “race training pace”. However as I ran those last miles I still felt their encouraging spirits. I still felt the camaraderie that comes with our shared love of running (sometimes bordering on obsession). It’s much like the shared smile when I see another runner sticking it out in the rain/cold/heat/early dawn.
Run strong runners!